TYNGSBOROUGH — Playoffs were on the line Saturday when North Shore Tech visited a surging Greater Lowell Tech team that had won its previous three games.
Behind four rushing touchdowns by Ross Murphy, the Bulldogs laid a 36-0 beat down on the Gryphons to capture the Commonwealth Conference Small championship after splitting the title with Greater Lowell Tech and Chelsea last season.
The Bulldogs also locked up a Division 4a playoff spot with what was a physically dominant performance from start to finish.
“We played really strong and hard today. I thought Greater Lowell was very tough, but we just executed pretty well,” said NST head coach Paul Worth. “We hit as well as we’ve hit all year, and we just played some old-school football the whole game. I don’t think we threw much.”
The Bulldogs (7-2) did attempt two passes, both in the first half, but they didn’t really need to, considering the way they pounded out first down after first down throughout the contest. Murphy (26 carries for 177 yards) was outstanding, and with the help of some fine interior blocking, he was able to gash Greater Lowell consistently on dive plays up the gut.
“In practice all week, we were getting ready for this game,” Murphy said. “We came out, and we knew they were going to hit us hard, we just tried to hit them harder.”
Most of Murphy’s yards came after contact. He scored from a yard out in the first quarter, then from 11, 36 and seven yards all in the second half.
“They were more physical than us and a little bit tougher up front, a little stronger up front and they kept getting guys to our (line) backers,” noted Greater Lowell Tech (4-5) coach Shane Abrams. “If they are getting to the second level, we can’t defend many people, and they were consistently getting to the second level and getting six or seven yards a pop. What they do, they do very well, that’s for sure.”